NanoSIMS 50L

Starting at the end of 2017, the Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration (BIN) can offer the services of a new high performance instrument, a nanoscale secondary ion mass spectroscope (NanoSIMS 50L) from the company CAMECA, to analyze the composition of a variety of samples. The NanoSIMS 50L is consists of a unique ion beam microprobe that enables SIMS analyses with very high lateral resolution.

The NanoSIMS methodology will be applied in the BIN for the correlative imaging of specific biological organelles, and will thus provide first insights into local protein and organelle turnover in a variety of cells and tissues.
The NanoSIMS 50L is available not only to scientists of the Göttingen University and of the University Medical Center Göttingen, but also to external users. An application must be submitted to the Device Manager, before any samples can be analyzed (see below for name and contact details).

The NanoSIMS 50L was purchased from a joint large-scale equipment grant from the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (NMWK) and the German Research Council (DFG).


Information for Users

The University Medical Center Goettingen (UMG) is the provider institution of the NanoSIMS equipment system, the latter being housed in the BIN in a laboratory especially provided for it. The NanoSIMS equipment system may only be operated by the NanoSIMS’ head scientific officer and those of his staff who have been trained to operate it.

The NanoSIMS 50L is usually booked weeks or months in advance. Please be aware that we cannot offer you a timeslot at short notice, but we will make every effort to realize your scheduling needs within the given constrictions. Please address your scheduling enquiries to one of the following persons:

Device Manager

Prof. Dr. Silvio Rizzoli

Silvio Rizzoli

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Institute of Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Humboldtallee 23
37073 Göttingen
NanoSIMS Facility Manager

Katharina Grewe


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Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration (BIN)
Von-Siebold-Straße 3a
37075 Göttingen